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  • silhouette roto

    Posted by Joslyn on May 24, 2005 at 5:52 am

    what happened to the silhouette forum?

    Joslyn replied 19 years ago 8 Members · 13 Replies
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  • J Bills

    May 27, 2005 at 12:28 am

    Yeah, you would think if they were going to take it down, they would at least tell the moderator…

  • Joslyn

    May 29, 2005 at 3:43 am


    any word if it’ll be back?

  • J Bills

    May 31, 2005 at 4:34 am

    nope – axed. too bad!

    oh well – wasn’t necessary. subsequent to the CC forum, silhouette started their own, which are great!

  • Ron Lindeboom

    May 31, 2005 at 12:10 pm

    Hey J,

    We DID write you. We *also* wrote you a second time and you didn’t even bother to dignify our rather long and in-detail email with even an acknowledgement. (See below for a reprint of the details.)

    If you care to visit the Cow, please drop the ‘tude or we will be forced to close your account.

    We are on forum #197 now and we have only 134 *active* forums. Many forums have not made it in the Cow and are removed from the list as we do not want to be like some sites which have 350+ forums of which only about 20 have any traffic of any consequence. We try to have *active* forums here at the Cow — ones which users actually benefit from. Dead forums are of no use to anyone.

    Ron Lindeboom

    Hi J,

    We did write you. Perhaps your service provider is one
    of the many IPs which subscribe to SpamCop and
    automatically reject mail from the Cow.

    This happens oftentimes whenever *any*one reports us to
    SpamCop and then for a period of days we are in their

    Therefore, I am writing you from Yahoo in hope that
    you get this.

    We deleted the forum as it has always been our policy
    that dead forums are shut off. The roto forum had
    gotten to the point that it was about dead. When we
    visited the silhouette software site, we could see why
    and it makes no sense to support a forum for a company
    that is running its own forum and isn’t even linked to
    the Cow. It is never going to work that way.

    We are now up to forum #196 and yet we have only 134
    active forums. We will be turning off a few more
    really quick as we have been going through our site
    and seeing what is working and what isn’t. We always
    cull the herd and have done so since we started the
    site — this, as we do not want to have a bunch of
    dead forums.

    The Commotion forum is one of the next round of forums
    that will *likely* disappear as we have it slated for
    deactivation. (likely means we’re not sure)

    We really try to keep the Cow a place where the forums
    are of a real value to users and when forums die, we
    really hate to turn them off but it is far better to
    do than to have users clicking a bunch of forums and
    finding nothing there.

    We really appreciate your efforts in trying to get the
    roto forum going J, but unfortunately, it just did not
    take off as we had hoped.

    The best always,

    Ron & Kathlyn

  • Ron Lindeboom

    May 31, 2005 at 12:23 pm

    Hi All,

    In the email we sent J Bills (that I posted in reply to his remarks), we referred to the possibility that the Commotion forum is likely to be deactivated. That is a possibility but we have NOT made any decision one way or the other. We have kept the Commotion forum alive over the years due to the fact that the product is gone and we wanted users to have somewhere to interact. It’s not a lot of traffic — hasn’t been for a long time now — and when it’s clear it is over, at that time we will deactivate the forum. But for now, people still post here and so we are not going to be deactivating the forum. When a month or two goes by without any traffic, then this one will be deactivated as well.

    Just to clarify,

    Ron Lindeboom

  • Matt Silverman

    May 31, 2005 at 2:52 pm

    Hey Ron,
    I understand your needs, but considering the fact that Pinnacle offers no support for commotion I hope you keep this around until the app stops working. Maybe I should just start posting random topics to keep it appearing alive 😉


  • Nick Breen-kurucsev

    May 31, 2005 at 8:55 pm

    HI Ron,
    please take a plea from someone who finds this forum invaluable, there is no other source of info for commotion anywhere on the web. and it has saved my butt, no end of times whether through posting a question orsearching through the archives.
    Commotion maybe dead in the eyes of its makers but certainly not in the eyes of its users.
    It would be remis of me not to thank Matt for his continued support to this forum.


  • J Bills

    June 1, 2005 at 4:33 am

    Hi Ron –

    sorry if you felt any ‘tude. Yes, I did receive the 2nd email that you posted, after my first post in this thread but before my second. apologies for the lack of ackngmt. the cow rocks and I hope you didn’t misinterpret my short posts as negative. Just slightly busy at the mo-

    please keep the commotion board alive.

    thanks – later days, brothers! keep up the good work, rock on and all that.


  • Giles

    June 1, 2005 at 10:06 am

    Pleeeez keep this Commotion forum alive! Saved my butt tooooo!

    – Giles

  • Charles Roberts

    June 2, 2005 at 11:04 am

    and it needs a board on this forum! For those of us who can’t afford both Curious and Silhouette and wonder why we shouldn’t have both toolset under one roof anyway, in an app we already own, crying out loud!

    Hey Ron! I keep shaking in my shoes with every new release of the Mac OS and its still there in Tiger. Please do NOT eliminate this board. Mind you I’m not being cheeky, but I just strolled through a few boards in the list that have nothing but “New Forum” postings, and which AFAIK have no community. Things might be low key here, but this board is important. CCow has the honor of being the last support site for probably the strongest roto/paint tool that ever cost less than $1K. Please keep it alive, at least until we can force Avid at gun point to do something with Commotion other than scratch their heads and wonder what a B-Spline is (if they even got that far!)

    The length of this thread alone should convince you of the level of lurker traffic it gets. Community isn’t always “MY TRACKER WON’T TRACK!” posts. Thanks dood.

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